I was born
in Brooklyn, NY in 1945 to Jewish parents and moved to
Valley Stream, Long Island, New York in 1950 and did what
Jewish boys are supposed to: I went to college (BA in
economics, Hofstra University 1967, MA in economics,
University of Maine, 1969), got married(1968), got a
job(1969) and had 3.2 children (actually 3).
my first marriage didn't quite work out as I planned and
though at the time I thought studying economics and being
an economist was a good idea it wasn't me. But, both those
experiences led me to where I am today.
divorced in 1985 and quit Wall Street (Senior Economist, New York Stock Exchange) in 1988 and started my full-time professional bridge career. I was married a second time (1993-2009) to my former partner, Janet. I have lived in Merrick, New York on Long Island about 20 miles east of Manhattan since 1977. I have three grown children, twin daughters Alison and Lauren and a son Russ. In 2010, Russ and his wife Liz gave me my first grandchildren, twins Nate and Abby.
been teaching bridge full time since 1988 and recently I
figured out that I have given almost 8,000 two-hour bridge
lessons and played about 4,000 sessions of bridge with my
students. I think I’ve gotten the hang of it.
I still maintain a
full schedule of classes in the NYC tri-state area—based on
Long Island. Small groups or large. Have Lesson, Will
I also play
professionally with students at local clubs, and Regional
and National Tournaments. Have Game, Will Travel.
Ranking: Grand Life Master (ACBL’s
Masterpoints: 15,600 ranking 155th
Victories: Over 200 Regional and
1St in National
Championship-- 2000 N American Swiss Team
2nd in National
Championship—2000 National Mixed Team
2002National Senior KO
2003 National Senior KO
2010 National Senior Swiss
3rd in National
Championship—2004 National Senior KO
2006 National Senior
5th in National
Championship— 1999 Spingold KO
2001 US Team Trials
LI Player of the Year—1996,1997,1998,
1999, 2001, 2003, 2008.
#1 masterpoint holder on LI (December
7-time Reisinger(NYC) KO Finalist(2
5-time District 24 representative in
National Grand National (North American) Pairs
“Claim With Colchamiro” column has
appeared in the Nassau-Suffolk Bridge Association
Islander consecutively since 1987 and in the monthly
ACBL Bulletin consecutively since 2003.
7 articles in the prestigious The
Bridge World Magazine
How To Play Like An Expert, 2007
(Without Having To Be One)
President, District 24, 1980-1982
Member, Board of Directors, District
National Hall of Fame Committee, member